AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 07710 305182.

Impact of apprenticeship reforms on social mobility shared with Damian Hinds

Date published: 10.01.2018

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AELP CEO Mark Dawe has written to Damian Hinds, the new Secretary of State for Education, congratulating the minister on his appointment. Damian Hinds has a track-record of commitment to improving social mobility and the letter enclosed an updated version of AELP’s summary paper on social mobility which had previously been circulated during last autumn’s party conference season. The paper explains how DfE apprenticeship and traineeship policies are actually working against social mobility,

AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list

Date published: 03.01.2018

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AELP Board Directors honoured in New Year’s Honours list Three of the current AELP Board have been among AELP members honoured in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List. AELP Directors Debbie Gardiner (Executive Chair of Qube Learning), Alex Khan (Chief Executive of Lifetime Training) and Chris Jeffery (Non-Executive Director of Skills Group UK) were all recognised with MBEs. Also in receipt of this award were Richard Carter, Governor of West Suffolk College, and Michael Finney, Director of

Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Apprenticeship ITT Outcome

Date published: 22.12.2017

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Members will be aware from Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent review. In particular, we drew attention to the absurdity of high quality training providers being left without a contract despite ‘passing’ the tender because their contract value had been pro-rated down below the minimum £200,000 threshold.

‘ITP learner oversight in new Careers Strategy will hopefully be rectified’

Date published: 06.12.2017

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The government has published its long awaited Careers Strategy. Responding to it, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: ‘We welcome that there is a careers strategy because it's been a massive vacuum without one. It seems a shame that the government doesn't think young people in learning at independent providers deserve any form of careers advice but hopefully they will confirm this is an oversight and will rectify the position.’

Official Apprenticeships evaluation very positive for providers

Date published: 22.11.2017

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The latest employer and learner surveys show continuing improvements and positive outcomes from apprenticeships as well as some insights into perspectives on the Levy. Published in mid-November 2017, these large-scale surveys are the main part of the DfE’s official evaluation of the ‘standard of Apprenticeships on offer’ across England. Just over 4000 employers and just under 5000 apprentices and apprenticeship completers /apprentice were surveyed in early 2017 so the results are statistically

AELP welcomes new Commons committee inquiry on apprenticeships and skills

Date published: 16.11.2017

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At the Skills Show today, Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education select committee in the House of Commons, announced a new committee inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training

Latest government-commissioned employer survey should kill off ‘too many poor quality providers’ myth once and for all

Date published: 20.10.2017

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The DfE has published today its annual FE Choices survey of employer satisfaction with the training offered by providers of all types. 99% of the employers surveyed are offering apprenticeships and the survey is the latest in a long line showing high satisfaction with the quality and flexibility of provision delivered by independent training providers.

Canvas is a new AELP Patron

Date published: 19.10.2017

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Canvas have chosen to become a patron of AELP because they recognise that like themselves, members of AELP want to deliver skills and training that will help learners gain employment. Canvas is dedicated to providing organisations with a VLE that can help them deliver an engaging educational experience which delivers learner success. Joanne Patterson, Director - EMEA Marketing at Canvas, said: “Becoming a patron of AELP will enable us collaborate with employers and learning providers to

61% Fall in Apprenticeships: Time for Action

Date published: 17.10.2017

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See below the advertorial AELP placed in FE Week with three immediate recommended actions for DfE ministers

Important update on Adult Education Budget (AEB) run-down contract value for 1 November 2017 to 31 July 2018

Date published: 29.09.2017

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AEB providers will be receiving a letter today from the ESFA via Bravo following the AEB tender’s over-subscription and subsequent awards. This letter is very specifically relating to non-priority provision ensuring that those that had non priority delivery will get the same 75% as those that failed in the tender process - and it is the extension of existing contracts.

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